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    EU Extends Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis
    Sep14

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis

    The European Union has extended by six months a visa ban and asset freeze targeting several close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and others involved in Russia’s annexation of Crimea and other territorial disputes in Ukraine. The EU said Monday that the “assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the regime...

    OSCE Official: Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire Is Holding
    Sep12

    OSCE Official: Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire Is Holding

    The secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirmed Saturday that the cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine has been respected for about two weeks. At the end of a three-day trip to southeastern Ukraine, during which he visited the towns of Mariupol and Shyrokyne, Lamberto Zannier expressed hope that the current...

    Ally of Slain Russian Politician Takes on Kremlin
    Sep12

    Ally of Slain Russian Politician Takes on Kremlin

    Six months after opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead outside the Kremlin in an unsolved contract killing, one of his closest allies is trying to take on Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in regional elections this Sunday. A veteran activist at just 32, Ilya Yashin, a prominent figure in the People’s Freedom Party or...

    Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize
    Sep11

    Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said a shaky cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels has for the first time held completely for a 24-hour period since fighting broke out 15 months ago. He warned, however, that rebel-held elections would scupper the deal and called for sustained international pressure on Russia. Poroshenko said his...

    Report: Russia Building Major Military Base Near Ukraine Border
    Sep10

    Report: Russia Building Major Military Base Near Ukraine Border

    Russia has started to build a huge military base housing ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers near the Ukrainian border, a project that suggests the Kremlin is digging in for a prolonged stand-off with Kyiv. The base, when completed, will even have its own swimming pool, skating rink and barber shop, according to public...

    Migrants, Refugees’ Rights to Top UN Council Agenda
    Sep09

    Migrants, Refugees’ Rights to Top UN Council Agenda

    The human rights of migrants and refugees will top the agenda of the upcoming session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The council’s 30th regular session opens Monday and is scheduled to run until October 2. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, will kick off the three week session with an oral update of...

    US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria
    Sep09

    US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria

    U.S. suspicions about Russian activity in Syria are not confined to Syria’s borders. Officials in Washington are concerned the moves could be part of a broader strategy by Moscow to extend its influence, while at the same time acting as a counterbalance to the United States in the Middle East. U.S. officials are investigating reports that...

    ICC Granted Wider Authority on Ukraine Probe
    Sep08

    ICC Granted Wider Authority on Ukraine Probe

    Ukraine granted wider jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday that will enable ICC prosecutors to investigate possible war crimes committed during Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had earlier accepted the court’s jurisdiction for a limited period from November...

    UN: Killings, Violations on Increase in Ukraine Conflict
    Sep08

    UN: Killings, Violations on Increase in Ukraine Conflict

    A new U.N. report finds an increase in civilian casualties and widespread human rights violations in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine. The U.N. Human Rights Office reports nearly 8,000 people have been killed and almost 18,000 wounded since Russian-backed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine began their military offensive against the government in...

    Russian Orthodox Americans Support Church Tradition, Not Politics
    Sep08

    Russian Orthodox Americans Support Church Tradition, Not Politics

    A group of Russian Orthodox Americans was in Moscow this past week to learn traditional Orthodox singing from Russian experts. The organizers say they are motivated by the need to strengthen the friendship between the Russian and American peoples in this time of political tensions, but the Russian Orthodox Church is also connected to the...

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